June 06, 2023 — Verano Holdings Corp. (CSE: VRNO) (OTCQX: VRNOF) (“Verano” or the “Company”), a leading multi-state cannabis company, today announced the promotion of key leaders, expanding the Company’s executive leadership team under Founder and Chief Executive Officer, George Archos.

Darren Weiss, currently Chief Operating Officer, Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel of Verano, has been elevated to the role of President. Darren has served as COO with the Company since February 2021 and as General Counsel since 2017. John Tipton will transition to the role of President of the Southern Region, supporting the Company’s continued expansion across Florida and new markets in the Southeastern U.S.

With Darren’s transition to President, Trip McDermott, Executive Vice President of Operations, has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer. With over eight years of experience leading operations in the cannabis industry, Trip has partnered with Company leadership across all functions to drive excellence in standard operating procedures and deliver high-quality products across the Company’s portfolio.

Verano’s current Deputy General Counsel, Laura Kalesnik, has been elevated to the role of Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel, expanding on her current responsibilities overseeing mergers and acquisitions, securities and corporate governance. Laura joined Verano in 2021 and brings over 30 years of legal experience to the Company.

Additionally, David Spreckman has been promoted to Chief Marketing Officer from his position as Executive Vice President of Marketing. In his enhanced role, David will continue to steer brand development and commercial activity across the organization and its operational footprint.

“Since our inception, I’ve been steadfast in my philosophy to develop internal talent to grow into the next generation of leaders at Verano,” said George Archos, Verano Founder and Chief Executive Officer. “Following these promotions, I believe we have one of the strongest and most experienced management teams in the industry which will serve to strengthen Verano’s ability to navigate the rapid evolution of the cannabis sector. I am incredibly proud of our team and look forward to continue working with them to drive our business forward.”

About Verano
Verano is a leading, vertically integrated, multi-state cannabis operator in the U.S., devoted to the ongoing improvement of communal wellness by providing responsible access to regulated cannabis products. With a mission to address vital health and wellness needs, Verano produces a comprehensive suite of high-quality, innovative cannabis products sold under its trusted portfolio of consumer brands, including Verano, MÜV, Savvy, BITS, Encore, and Avexia. Verano’s portfolio encompasses 14 U.S. states, with active operations in 13, including 14 production facilities comprising over 1,000,000 square feet of cultivation capacity. Verano designs, builds, and operates dispensaries under retail brands including Zen Leaf and MŪV, delivering a superior cannabis shopping experience in both medical and adult use markets. Learn more at www.verano.com.